The Maple Leafs don’t want to commit to their #1 goalie for long: https://t.co/DiFoeF6DNN
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) July 19, 2023
I know you’re anxious to hear about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ troubles. Here I am, at your service.
My colleague Médérick Lefebvre talked last night about how the Leafs and William Nylander couldn’t find common ground on a long-term contract.
Obviously, signing Nylander wouldn’t affect this year’s payroll, but looking ahead to next year, only 11 guys are under contract… and that doesn’t include Nylander and Auston Matthews.
And since Matthews wants to sign second… that causes problems.
Right now, the club is over the $8.8M mark (Jake Muzzin’s injury will help, admittedly) and goalie Ilya Samsonov is yet to be signed. Not exactly ideal.
Right now, there are discussions about signing the goalie, but there’s no talk of a long-term deal. In fact, the Leafs would like to give him a maximum of just three seasons.
This means that negotiations are going badly, and there’s a good chance that the matter will be settled in arbitration.
Arbitration filings in for Ilya Samsonov (TOR). Team: $2.4M; player $4.9M.
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 19, 2023
Obviously, it’s not abnormal to see such a wide discrepancy in demands, but it shows that things are going badly and that a long-term marriage could be difficult to envisage.
Let’s not forget that the Leafs, like other teams, are only allowed to go 10% over payroll during the summer. Before officially signing the goalie, whether via a referee or not, they’ll have to make room. #JakeMuzzin?
Mariners players understandably weepy. https://t.co/E7lEvGeybV
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 19, 2023
For the first time in my existence, I’m really looking forward to following the Blue Jackets for years to come!
Gaudreau, Laine, Fantilli, Johnson… BIG raw talent up front.
With Werenski, Provorov, Jiricek and Mateychuk on the blue line… it’s going to be interesting! #CBJ
– Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) July 19, 2023
– Jean-Sébastien Dea could go to Europe next year. [98.5 FM]
– Cleveland’s is good.